Banger-throwing fan hit with €30,000 fine

Cologne's state court ordered a 41-year-old football fan to pay a €30,000 fine on Wednesday after he threw a banger into another section of the stands, hurting seven people.

Banger-throwing fan hit with €30,000 fine
Cologne fans invade the pitch in Gladbach in February 2014. Photo: DPA

“The banger-thrower argued that he was no longer in his right mind because he had been consuming alcohol and cannabis,” the judge said.

Blood tests later revealed that the fan had a blood alcohol level of 1.7 parts per thousand – more than three times the level which would earn someone a driving ban for taking the wheel.

“This argument doesn't hold up. The court isn't ruling on his personal guilt but on who is responsible for paying the plaintiff's costs.”

Cologne's 1. FC Köln brought the case after the club was ordered to pay €30,000 by the German Football Association (DFB) following the banger attack in August 2014.

“We were obliged to claim damages, just for reasons of liability” 1. FC Köln CEO Alex Wehrle told Bild.

The club had previously refused a settlement, hoping that the punishment will send a strong signal to potential troublemakers in the future.

It is still trying to recover €200,000 that it was forced to pay after fans threw fireworks and stormed the pitch at a match in Gladbach in February 2014.

“We are victims, not perpetrators, in all of these cases,” Wehrle said.

Bild reported that the fan was also sentenced to 18 months in prison and ordered to pay €4,000 in compensation by another court.

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British football teams allowed to skip Germany’s quarantine for Euro 2020

Germany's government announced on Tuesday it will allow England, Scotland and Wales to enter the country without quarantine to play at Euro 2020 despite a recent rise in cases linked to the Delta variant of Covid-19 in Britain.

British football teams allowed to skip Germany's quarantine for Euro 2020
One of the venues for Euro 2020 is in Munich. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Sven Hoppe

The three teams could potentially reach the quarter-final held in Munich on July 2nd.

If that were the case, they would be exempt from the rule that travellers from the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland must currently observe a 14-day isolation period due to the virus strain of concern – Delta – first identified in India.

“The people accredited for the European football Championship are exempt from the quarantine obligation, even after arriving from an area impacted by a variant” Berlin said in a statement.

“This exemption concerns all the people who have been accredited by the organising committee for the preparation, participation, the holding and the follow-up of international sporting events,” it added.

The exemption does not include fans, who will be obliged to follow German government self-isolation rules.

Germany declared the UK a ‘virus variant area of concern’ on May 23rd due to rising cases linked to the Delta variant in parts of the country. 

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This reclassification came just seven days after the UK was put back on Germany’s list at the lowest risk level, and barely a month after it was taken off all risk lists completely.

The ban was put in place despite the UK’s relatively low Covid rates as a precautionary measure.

A general ban on entry is in place for people coming from countries on the ‘virus variant’ list – such as India and Brazil – the highest of Germany’s risk categories. 

There are some exceptions for entering from these countries – for example German residents and citizens. However, anyone who does enter from Germany is required to submit a Covid-19 test before boarding the flight and must quarantine for 14 days on arrival, regardless of whether they are fully vaccinated or not.

READ ALSO: Germany’s new relaxed quarantine and testing rules after travel

Euro 2020 starts on Friday as Italy host Turkey in Rome with the Bavarian city hosting three group games as well as the last-eight match.

Around 14,000 fans will be allowed into the Allianz Arena for the fixtures.